The Dodgers have reportedly landed free-agent prize
The top pitcher on the market by far, Bauer picked a perfect time to have the best season of his career, winning the NL Cy Young Award (the first in Reds franchise history) after posting a 1.73 ERA and 100-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 73 innings. In his final start of the regular season, he threw eight innings of one-run ball and struck out 12 to pitch the Reds into the playoffs.
Bauer joins Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and David Price atop a standout rotation that will try to lead the Dodgers to a ninth consecutive NL West title and fourth NL pennant in five seasons.
The 30-year-old right-hander led the NL in ERA (1.73), WHIP (0.795), opponents’ batting average (.159), opponents’ BABIP (.215), adjusted ERA+ (276), hits per nine innings (5.1), shutouts (two) and complete games (two). He ranked second in strikeouts (100) and strikeouts per nine innings (12.3).
Bauer is only the eighth pitcher to be a free agent immediately following a Cy Young Award-winning season, and the first since Roger Clemens in 2004.